Employment Tribunals

The employment tribunal exists to make decisions about employment disputes. It’s the case that almost all legal cases concerning employment are heard in employment tribunals.

Know the process

If someone wants to make a claim against you they are initially required to go through the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) pre-claim conciliation process. So in the first instance you will be contacted by ACAS. They will work with both you and the claimant to try to solve the problem without it going to a tribunal.

Know the pit-falls

The pit falls are many and varied, but if you are not experienced or aware of the procedures and timelines involved you can soon find yourself with a problem even though you may not have done anything wrong.

How to respond

You’ll get a letter known as a response pack from the tribunal.  If a claim has been made against you and you’ve had no success with conciliation you can respond in the following ways:

  • online
  • By filling out and returning the pack you will have been sent.
  • By downloading and filling in the response form and sending it to the tribunal office that’s dealing with the case.

Be sure to read with care the response guidance before you fill the form out.
NB: You MUST respond to the claim within 28 days.

If you need more time to respond ask the tribunal as soon as you can.  If you’re late or you don’t respond it’s possible the tribunal will decide against you without a hearing.

How to prepare

Employment tribunal proceedings are expensive in terms of both time and money. Our service seeks to prevent them.

Such an occurrence can be prevented by providing and applying legally compliant procedures. Though of course, an employee may choose to exercise their right to place a claim before an employment tribunal.

If you find yourself in such a situation Go Legal take care of the preparation and submission of all relevant documentation on your behalf.

Choose Go Legal to give yourself the best chance of winning your case.